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The Supreme Court, Superior Courts, and the Court of Appeal of California are the important courts which keep California court records of all types. The Supreme Court acts as appellate court statewide. It has a Family History Library with copies of defendant and plaintiff indexes for documents of cases from the supreme court from the year 1850 to 1930. The Court of Appeal works as an intermediate appellate court for the entire state.

The Superior Courts hold countrywide jurisdiction for all criminal and civil cases including juvenile and criminal cases. The Superior courts appeals from municipal courts and citywide justice courts. In the state of California, it is these Superior Courts that have replaced District Courts. They hold court record attachments for different counties. The original court documents are stored in different city courthouses and counties. You can find indexes and records at the State Archives of California for older information.

Official California Court Records

You can always come into the California courthouses and have the staff do a search, for which you will need to provide the CA court case number, case title, and case name of the documents that have been requested. You have to also provide the file date of the documents as well. If you think you cannot provide all of these particulars, you will have to pay a search fee. If the clerk at the courthouse hands you a copy of the case record you were looking for, it will cost you $0.50.

All copies of pleadings must be obtained at a CA courthouse where a case was filed. You can do this in person or via mailing on request, you must also provide a self addressed and stamped envelope along with it so that the documents can be sent back to you.

California Court Records By Mail

If you request the case record copies to be sent to you by mail, you must make your check payable to the Superior Court. If you do not know the fee, you can write a check where you can leave out the amount part blank. You must also indicate in the dollar section exactly how much amount should not be exceeded from. This depends on the cost you anticipate will be charged. A few other things that you must provide include full names of parties, the titles of the documents that you have requested, and the date on which these particular documents were filed, only if you know the date. It makes the process efficient and there are better chances of finding the criminal or court records you are looking for.

California Court Record Transcripts

Either an electronic tape is used to record the proceedings of the court, or a court reporter recorded them. In any case depending on the recording of a specific proceeding, you can request either a copy or a paper transcript of an electronic recording.

California Court Records

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  1. My name is Mcdonald Giron Cantor why is there a 37 and a 40 year old in may 2021 i turned 38.. My first name is Mcdonald my last name is Giron my mothers maiden is Cantor.
    Also im checking for any police records in the county of san bernardino california as well as any court records investigations if its possible

    1. Bettie, unfortunately we won’t have any complaint related information if it’s an ongoing or speculative California court case. You may want to reach out to the clerk of the court in the San Diego county courthouse to inquire about the apartment complex you mentioned

  2. I looked up my record and said I have a charge in 1999 and I didn\’t live in California in that year I would like a copy of my record there

    1. Elizabeth, we are happy to run a California court record lookup for you for reference. We’ll need to know your full name and age to proceed. If you need a copy of your actual CA court record then you will need to contact the clerk of the court in the county where you have such record.

  3. Is there a way I can get my court reports from when I entered the Santa Cruz County child protective services

    1. Mercedes, child protective court records are not a California public record so you will need to reach out to the relevant courthouse clerk and make your request with them. All juvenile and child court records are sealed and are not accessible by the public. This is the case for every state in the USA

  4. I have an attorney\’s office threatening me. The case # is 595720-06. Their # is (626) 572-9421. The name of their firm is Tristan & McLarry. Her name is Natalia. They are also contacting my relatives. This started because I refused to cash/ deposit a fraudulent check from Select Health. Please help me.

    1. Phyllis, it’s understandable that you’re upset but unfortunately there is nothing we can directly assist you with. We are merely a public records website. You may want to consult another California attorney to find out what your rights are. It is illegal for someone to harass you and there might be a way to mitigate your situation that another lawyer or law firm can assist you with.

  5. Wondering what is taking so long with finishing up the probate case with my Grandfather Grant Tinker (R.I.P.) and his horible excuse of a human being widow Brooke Knapp. Everyone came to an agreement weeks ago. Still waiting for Judges signature.

    1. Unfortunately Richard, we do not have the ability to lookup California court records from an ongoing Probate Court Case. Your might want to contact the courthouse clerk and inquire with them about the probate process and how much longer this will take.

    1. Your best option to obtain a copy of a California Dismissed Court Case is to contact the California courthouse, where your court case was heard, and talk to the courthouse clerk. They will be able to assist you with a copy of your dismissed CA court case.

      That being said we did find a California court case that was traffic related. The CA court case ID is M685423HALSAD

      Lookup a Dismissed California Court Case

      1. Contact the relevant courthouse clerk
      2. Request a copy of a dismissed court case
      3. Show proof of a government issued photo ID
      4. Pay the fee for a copy of the dismissed cour case
      5. Processing by mail might take several weeks

  6. Looking for the location and Inmate number for Harry Lavon Rowley. I am a victim of his child abuse back in 1983. I want to write him and tell him that I forgive him. BUT! I do not want him to know where I am or how to get ahold of me. I need to forgive him for my healing purposes.

    1. Thankyou for sharing and we completely understand that you want to get a hold of this person yet remain anonymous. We ran a California inmate search and did not find any specific information, such as location or contact information, for the California inmate you mentioned. We did find his California criminal records but not any specific information that might help you contact him. You might want to reach out to the California Department of Corrections website and use their Free California Offender Search to locate the whereabouts of the person in question. We have included a link below to better assist you. Please reach out if there are any additional California court records or California public records we can assist you with.

      Click Here to Use the California Department of Corrections Free Inmate Search

  7. I would like to know if David B. CHANCE was ever released from San Quinten prison. And if so where he might be located?

    1. We are happy to assist you with locating a California court record or court case information. However, if you are looking for a background check for employment verification we cannot assist you unfortunately. Our California public record resources are for online reference only and cannot be used for employment hiring, employment verification, tenant screening or security clearances. That being said, you might consider companies like as they offer FCRA certified services that can be used for employment verification in California.

    1. In order to get a copy of your California Divorce Papers you will need to contact the superior court where your California divorce decree was filed.

      Get a Copy of California Divorce Papers

      1. Visit the superior court where your divorce was filed
      2. Request a copy of your divorce certificate from the court clerk
      3. Pay the $15 for the fee. Processing times may take a few months

    1. Unfortunately we don’t have the lien information for vehicles in our California vehicle record database. You best bet would be to contact the California DMV and request a vehicle lien record search.


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